North Bergen and Guttenberg Public Schools to close as coronavirus concerns rise

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The North Bergen and Guttenberg Public Schools are all set to close for at least a week as coronavirus concerns rise across the country.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and preventive measures, we’ll be closing schools for a week and we’ll reevaluate at the end of next week. Tomorrow, Friday the 13th, no children will be coming to school,” North Bergen Superintendent of Schools said in a Facebook video, noting that the district was of no greater risk than any other in the state.

“The teachers will be finalizing their home instruction lessons. Monday, March 16th will start home instruction for all students. Grades K-2 will have home instruction packets, and will be required to a keep a reading log of all stories that they have read.”

He continued that grades 3 through 12 will use Google Classroom, Class Dojo, and will also be provided home instruction work and be able to communicate with teachers via email through at least March 20th.

Furthemore, students who received reduced lunch will be able to pick up a bagged lunch between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the North Bergen High School, Lincoln Annex, Franklin School, and Kennedy School.

Additionally, Guttenberg Mayor Wayne Zitt told HCV that the Ana L. Klein Elementary School, the town’s only school, will be closed tomorrow, Friday the 13h, through at least March 20th.

As of 2 p.m. this afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health’s website indicates that there has still only been one positive presumptive case of coronavirus, a 32-year-old West New York man who is recovering quickly.